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Eastern Screech Owl release, Central Park, New York city, 18 July 2009

Posted in ALL BLOG POSTS, birds & birding by adamwelz on July 19, 2009

Hi All

had a fantastic time in Central Park on Saturday with a gang of New York city raptorphiles releasing 5 pint-sized Eastern Screech Owl into the park. They had been rehabilitated by Bobby and Cathy Horvath. Here are some photographs:

Cathy Horvath with one of the young grey-phase birds before release:

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Two more grey-phase ESOs. Note Bobby Horvath’s slightly munched hand on left — they may be small, but they have teeth sharp beaks and claws:

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Me and ‘my’ owl — the one the Horvaths gave me to release. Cathy on bottom left of frame. It didn’t seem to want to fly off in any hurry and sat on my hand for quite a number of minutes while everyone took pics:

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Because the bird did not want to fly, I decided to put it on branch, from which it immediately flew:

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Here it is a coupla minutes later near-silhouetted in a bush next to the path. I really like its unevenly-sized pupils!

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Here’s a pic of the rufous-phase adult that Bruce Yolton released with a green tinge all over everything — the light really is green under that summer deciduous canopy in North America…

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…and another of the same bird a little later:

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What a great thing to do on a Saturday afternoon! You can see more pics of the release at





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  1. Holly said, on July 19, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Wonderful–thanks for sharing. Such a charismatic creature.

  2. Deirdre Vrancken said, on July 19, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    What an incredible Pic! Thanks, Adam. Sounds like you’re having fun on your trip. Hope you’re superwell. D
    PS: see Verreaux’s eagle chick on the nest near Cape Town!

  3. Megan Tjasink said, on July 20, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    What amazing images, Adamski! Tres cute owlets indeed.

  4. Jill Mortimer said, on August 20, 2009 at 4:20 am

    Fabulous pics of the owls Adam. You are lucky! And you certainly get around!
    Best wishes

  5. cathy hovath said, on August 27, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Adam… these are great pics !!! I love reading the comments of all your fans . I am also a fan. I am so glad that you were in town and able to share in the awesome release . I am very glad that we met and I think your t.v. program is amazing !!! I look at it alot and I cry every time. You truly capture the lives of our birds of prey . Thank you …Hope to here from you soon ! Cathy… P.S. Sadie loves all your work also !!!

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